We tend to focus on the physical ailments that can arise from being fat more than how fat shaming can affect the mental health of people who are fat.
Nor do we think of how our culture (and the media) perpetuate the notion that fat people aren't desirable enough for love and intimacy. That's flat-out wrong. Sex is a physical act that is deeply influenced by how our mind perceives desire.
We first aired this show in 2014, so you'll hear some outdated references to Lena Dunham and Louis C.K. The references are dated; the message is not.
- Sarah Varney is the author of XL Love: How the Obesity Crisis is Complicating America's Love Life
- Laura Bogart is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown
- Dan Weiss is a music critic, he's the author of the blog Ask A Guy Who Likes Fat Chicks, and he plays in the band Dan Ex Machina
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired August 27, 2014.